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Federal Laws Hotline

NNA offers a Federal Laws Hotline for members dealing with federal law issues, like Fair Labor Standards Act, copyright, postal permits, public notice and advertising regulation. This is a members-only service and is not intended to supplant members' own legal counsel. The goal of this hotline is to help you understand the basic laws affecting your operation and to determine how and when to bring in your attorney for particular help.  Use of the hotline may earn you a discount on NNA's Libel Insurance.  For help contact

Newsprint tariff at the discretion of DOC

Mar 14, 2018

The Department of Commerce can legally use its discretion to mitigate the impact of proposed tariffs on newsprint so that job loss from a proposed set of duties on Canadian paper is minimized, a group ...

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A second blow

Mar 14, 2018

A second blow against community newspapers was announced this week by the U S Department of Commerce in the form of heavy tariffs on the North American paper supply.

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House passes comp time bill, Senate now has the action

Jun 12, 2017

WASHINGTON—Newspaper staffs might soon acquire the ability to earn comp time from those late nights covering elections and waiting for the winning touchdown at a high school game.  

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New administration brings new laws and challenges

Mar 13, 2017

The arrival of the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, and the 115th Congress brings the potential of many legal changes for community newspapers. Here are just a few.  

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Can we edit our website’s online comments?

Nov 3, 2014

Q The comments feature on our website has certainly brought out the crazies in the community. We thought we were inviting civil discussion, but instead we’re getting profanity and name-calling. We’re ...

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From what labor laws are newspapers exempt?

Dec 10, 2013

Q  We have a newspaper with less than 4,000 circulation. Isn’t there a rule that exempts us from some of the labor laws?

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